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Re: Conlanging with constraints

From:Mr Veoler <veoler@...>
Date:Wednesday, February 20, 2008, 21:52
Sai Emrys wrote:
> What are other examples? > > How have you experienced your conlanging as being influenced (for > better or for worse) by constraints imposed upon it, of whatever > source? What constraints do you have, and whence derived? Why have you > imposed them? What constraints have you considered trying? > > Please consider this a completely open-ended question (i.e. pretend I > asked you the right question to elicit the most interesting answer > :-P).
Well, I've always aimed to have only one lexical class, and a reasonable powerful derivational system; I want it to use a reasonable simple phonology (as an average natlang, in contrast to Ithkuil), and be regular, and still have a brevity of an average natlang (I'm not a brevity freak). These are some of the constraints that I feel creates my direction. Without direction I might as well learn a natlang and stay away from conlanging. That's how I feel.
> Is imposing arbitrary constraints on your conlanging helpful, > temporarily helpful, or just a hindrance?
Some constraints, such as self-segregation, have inspired and enriched some sketches (such as Raikudu in the case of self-segregation), but doesn't seems to fit well with others (such as sketch 8.5), which might conform to other more important constraints, like the use of transfixes. I have yet come up with a system that conforms to both self-segregation AND the kind of morphology and morpho-phonology I wants, as well as other things. -- Veoler